The National Centre for Arts and Culture has issued a statement informing the general public especially School Principals, publishers, book distributors and printers that in a court proceeding held at the High Court of The Gambia in a civil suit No: HC/415/057/AO, judgment was entered in favour of Patience Sonko-Godwin, Gambian historian and author on 9th June 2016 in her case of plagiarism against Lawrence Jah (first defendant) and author of the pamphlet entitled, History of The Gambia Made Simple and Mac Collier (third defendant) and author of the pamphlet entitled, ‘Topics in Gambian History With model Questions and Answers’.
In a statement sent to the Daily Observer and signed by Hassoum Ceesay, Director of copy rights at the National Centre for Arts and Culture, it states that the case was presided over by Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara, who also issued a consent Judgment between the second defendant, Michael Goba, author of the pamphlet entitled, ‘Mastering Gambian history with ease’ and the plaintiff, Patience Sonko-Godwin on Tuesday, 3rd May 2016.
The statement indicated that Justice Sillah-Camara granted the plaintiff, Patience Sonko-Godwin a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants either by themselves, their servants, agents, privies howsoever from printing, publishing, circulating, distributing and selling the pamphlets/books namely: ‘History of The Gambia made simple’, ‘Mastering Gambian history with ease, and ‘Topics in Gambian history with model questions and answers’.
The statement also indicated that it is in the interest of all stakeholders especially authors, principals, printers, distributors, publishers and vendors to strictly adhere to this ruling.
Principals and Heads of all schools are especially warned to be in strict compliance with the terms of the judgment in ensuring that the said books are not used for any exercise or allowed in any school in The Gambia.
The statement maintained that failure to comply with the terms of this judgment will not only expose the defaulters to contempt of court but will make them liable for eventual criminal prosecution.